The Q&A Archives: Red Amyrillis

Question: We have a red Amyrillis that bloomed once. We cut it back, and now there are just green shoots growing. Do we need to keep cutting these back also? Please help. We think that this is a beautiful flower and want to take care of it properly.

Answer: The leaves must be allowed to grow in order to replenish the bulb's strength. Do not cut them off now. Here are the general instructions for amaryllis care.

Amaryllis can be kept alive and be brought back to
blossom the following year but this takes a little work. Once the flowers fade, trim away the bloom stalk and allow the foliage to grow. Bright, indirect
light is best. Keep the soil slightly moist and fertilize monthly with a liquid fertilizer so the plant grows vigorously. In late summer or early fall, the leaves should begin to turn yellow. The yellowing
indicates the amaryllis needs a rest. If they do not begin to yellow on their own, simply withhold water beginning in September and force the plant into dormancy. Once the leaves wither, cut the leaves back to
the neck of the bulb and store it, pot and all in a cool (55F),
dark place such as a garage or basement for about eight to ten weeks without watering. Then finally, water lightly and place it in a bright location. The bulbs should resprout and bloom again. Repot every 3-4 years in the spring after blooming. Enjoy!

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